Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 (Hardcover)
In this volume, which collects two years of the long-running Sunday newspaper strip based on the Knights of the Round Table, an interracial baby is born and Nimue bewitches Merlin.
In our ninth volume of the collected illustrative Sunday comic pages, Arn tries his hand at being a warrior, Merlin is bewitched by Nimue, and Tillicum and Boltar have a son named Hatha – the first interracial baby “born” in comics. Most of the second half of this volume follows Gawain and Val’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem, and Queen Aleta’s return to the Misty Isles where treacherous nobles seek her throne…and her death. Also featuring a look at Prince Valiant’s 1954 escapades on both the large and small screens by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane. As with all the previous volumes in this highly acclaimed series, these pages are reproduced for the first time from Foster’s personal set of color engraver’s proofs, the most impeccably produced Prince Valiant series ever produced.
Hal Foster (1892-1982) created Prince Valiant in 1937. Though remaining involved with the strip until his death in 1982, Foster handed the bulk of the scripting and art chores over to his longtime assistant, John Cullen Murphy, in 1971.